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Semper Fi: Book One in The Corps Series | [W. E. B. Griffin]

Semper Fi: Book One in The Corps Series

From Shanghai to Wake Island, the Corps was America’s first line of defense as the winds of war exploded into the devastating surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. This is the story of the men of the Marine Corps, their loves and loyalties, an elite fraternity united by courage and honor, as they steel themselves for battle, prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice....
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Publisher's Summary

From Shanghai to Wake Island, the Corps was America’s first line of defense as the winds of war exploded into the devastating surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. This is the story of the men of the Marine Corps, their loves and loyalties, an elite fraternity united by courage and honor, as they steel themselves for battle, prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice....

©1986 W.E.B. Griffin (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“Action-packed...Difficult to put down.” (The Marine Gazette)

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    Amazon Customer 09-07-12 Member Since 2003
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    "The story worth hearing"
    Would you listen to Semper Fi again? Why?

    Would i listen again? Most likely. i have listened to the first three books and am waiting for books four through six.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Semper Fi?

    The characters are real. I say that not as a historiacal statment - but in htat they are human and you can relate to them. The are a good slice of the greatest generation. Yes, they have their worts and scares, but they are people trying to deal with exceptional problems. Even the least likable you can understand the reason for their behavior once you accept the flaws that they have.


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    I enjoy his reading thought his "New Yourk / Philly tough" voie often makes the characters sound half bagged, it works with the story


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did listen to it in one sitting (or actually a long car trip)


    Any additional comments?

    The stories do stand alone, but the understanding of the characters really does need you to read all the stories. The author tends to rotate who is in the focus and at times assumes you know what is driving the other charaters because is was focused on in another of the books in this series (I am doing this review on the first book, but looking at it from the first three books)

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    Roger DALLAS, TX, United States 07-11-12
    Roger DALLAS, TX, United States 07-11-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Series"
    Would you listen to Semper Fi again? Why?

    I have read the book and really enjoyed the series and it was nice to get to listen to it this time. It is a really captivating book and a great series. I am sure that I will return to this book again in the future. It was easy to listen to and was well done.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That is a series and this sets the stage for a lot of what will follow.


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    He does a good job bringing the characters to life.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish the whole series was available. I love listening to the stories when I go on a walk. Makes the time go fast and make me want to walk more so I can continue to listen to the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. B. Thompson Roseville, CA 06-15-12
    J. B. Thompson Roseville, CA 06-15-12 Member Since 2011

    Husband for 40 years, retired CHP sergeant, photographer, father of 2, grandfather of 3. Love audiobooks. My interests are dominated, but not exclusively historical.

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    "Pleasantly Surprised"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This was my first experience with this author. I quickly discovered that it was an enjoyable "read" that I could not put down. Anybody with an interest in the pre-WWII situation in China, including the involvement of the USMC (China Marines) should enjoy this fictional work with a basis in fact.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Semper Fi?

    When the 4th Marines were compelled to evacuate China to the "safety" of the Philippines. Most of these Marines would soon be killed or captured in the course of the Japenese invasion of the Republic of the Philippines.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were several events that I consider favorites.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When the newly married officer was forced by circumstances to leave his wife, a stateless White Russian, on the dock as he shipped out to the Philippines. Both left to very uncertain fates.


    Any additional comments?

    I am shortly to begin listening to the third book in the series. Unfortunately, Audible does not offer several of the books following #3.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    john 04-30-12
    john 04-30-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Totally engrossing story....."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Semper Fi to be better than the print version?

    Toss up, both are great


    Any additional comments?

    A few pronounciation mistakes on some of the acronyms, place names, but all in all not a problem - Very enjoyable story that allows you really get to know a fascinating group of characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda United States 04-13-12
    Amanda United States 04-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Another great work by Griffin"

    I've just recently started getting into W.E.B. Griffin's works. In fact I almost didn't start reading them; as WWI and WWII aren't really periods of history that I'd particularly enjoyed reading about in the past, and I was afraid that I was going to be bored to death. OK, so it turns out I was wrong, and I came to the party a bit late. On the plus side, when I'm finished with one Griffin novel, I can move right on to another with out any delay

    The Corps series, just like the Brotherhood of War, Presidential Agent, and Honor Bound Series, does not disappoint. Griffin does a good job of giving the characters their own personalities (Though having read all four of the above series series, I do at times feel as I could swap Pick Pickering and Ken McCoy in the Corps Series for Craig Lowell and Sandy Felter in the Brotherhood Series or for some of the characters in the other series). He's a masterful storyteller, weaving fictional characters into the lives of some of the more famous people of the period.

    Dick Hill does a great job of bringing these characters to life. I've found that pretty much anything that he reads, is going to be well done. I have a feeling the man could read the phone book and some how make it engrossing.

    Each of of these books can be read on it's own, but Griffin rewards those who read the series by developing his characters further and further as the series goes along. By the time you get through seven to ten books in a series, you begin to feel like you have an understanding of what each character's motivations are.

    If you are a fan of great story telling and character development, take a chance and pick up Semper Fi.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Warsaw, IN, United States 03-12-12
    Christopher Warsaw, IN, United States 03-12-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Great Series"

    This is a great series of books. Historical fiction is not always very good. W.E.B. Griffin is the exception to that. Enjoy!!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    James orland park, IL, United States 02-25-12
    James orland park, IL, United States 02-25-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Still a Great Story"
    Where does Semper Fi rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Many years ago I read the entire Corps series. It is every bit as good in audio. I hope Audible will do the entire Series and bring its wonderful characters to life once again.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Killer McCoy


    Any additional comments?

    As I mentioned earlier, I hope Audible brings this entire Series back to life.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    P.J. LANSING, KS, United States 11-23-12
    P.J. LANSING, KS, United States 11-23-12 Member Since 2001

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    "Disappointing Griffin Novel"

    This is a disappointment. I bought it for my husband who really enjoys military novels and he said he couldn't get interested in it. So I gave it a try and totally understood. What's wrong? It's simply boring. No story worth hearing or at least they hadn't gotten to it in the first two hours before I gave up.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Malcolm PORT LINCOLN, Australia 08-20-12
    Malcolm PORT LINCOLN, Australia 08-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Nobody writes about the military better than Griff"
    What did you love best about Semper Fi?

    I have read all his books and look forward to new ones


    What other book might you compare Semper Fi to and why?

    Cannot think of one specifically


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Todd Madison, WI, USA 08-12-12
    Todd Madison, WI, USA 08-12-12 Member Since 2001
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    "Entertaining."
    Would you try another book from W. E. B. Griffin and/or Dick Hill?

    Yes. It was well written and entertaining.


    Would you be willing to try another book from W. E. B. Griffin? Why or why not?

    Yes. It was well written and entertaining.


    What three words best describe Dick Hill’s performance?

    Straightforward. Not overacted.


    Was Semper Fi worth the listening time?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't expect it to be set so far in the past. Still it was well done and entertaining. Obviously meant to be a series so it kind of leaves things hanging.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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